Better than Panera Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

There’s one thing my family is obsessed with. And that’s cookies. Our favorite cookie? Chocolate chip cookies!

There are many nights that my husband comes home and, after eating dinner together, heads to the  kitchen to start a batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies. You can understand now why it’s so hard to stick with a diet plan in this house.

One cookie we absolutely love are the Panera chocolate chip cookies. Every bite is filled with chocolate and they’re super soft with the perfect crunchy outer layer. So when we heard of a chocolate chip cookie recipe that was deemed better than Panera we had to try it out.

The results? Oh, these cookies are definitely better. And worth making again and again!

Better Than Panera Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups mini semi sweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line cookie sheet(s) with parchment paper.

Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a stand mixer, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until mixture is creamy.

Mix in the sifted dry ingredients until just combined. Using a spatula, fold in the mini chocolate chips.

Using a cookie scoop, drop cookie dough (about 1/4 cup) onto the prepared chookie sheets. Cookies should be about 3 inches apart.

Bake for 15-17 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool on cookie sheet for 1-2 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack. Cool completely before serving.

Makes about 18 large cookies.

What’s your favorite cookie?

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  1. These look so decadent. Thank you, I will be making these for the holidays!

  2. They look delicious! I can’t wait to try out your recipe!

  3. About A Mom says

    I just pinned this because I definitely want to try your recipe! It looks like a really good one.

  4. LaVonne @ Long Wait says

    We love cookies here too! Thank you for sharing this recipe. I pinned it too to save it for later.

  5. i love anything chocolate chip! can’t wait to try these!

  6. That’s just wrong. I haven’t even had breakfast yet and now I want to go bake cookies. These look so yummy.

  7. Absolutely delicious cookies! Thanks for sharing!!!

  8. I made a version of these but altered it slightly to make them Gluten Free since I have celiac, and they were the best choc chip cookies I’ve had in over 3 years. Those who tried them thought the same. Thanks for sharing your recipe!!

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